Sunday 29th March 2009
The season-opening Australia Grand Prix marked Brawn GP’s debut and it proved a remarkable one. Jenson Button gave them their first pole position as Rubens Barrichello locked out the front row for the new team. Things went from good to better on race day as Button led home a dominant Brawn 1-2. In doing so, Brawn GP became the first constructor since Mercedes at the 1954 French Grand Prix to qualify on pole position and go on to win the race on grand prix debut. The race also marked Italian Jarno Trulli’s 200th grand prix. The race also became the second race in Formula One history to finish under stabilised safety car conditions—after the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix—following a collision between Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel, who were running second and third, on lap 56.